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'I will make Taiwan indispensable' says President
HONG KONG, 10 October 2018 (SCMP) - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to turn the self-ruled island into an indispensable member of the world as she blamed mainland China for being a “source of conflict” in a scathing national day address.



Plastic trash from the 'sachet economy' chokes the Philippines' seas
MANILA, Philippines, 9 October 2018 (Mongabay) - Freedom Island is drowning in garbage. The last coastal frontier in the Philippine capital provides refuge to migratory birds and a thick mangrove forest there serves as a natural typhoon barrier for millions of city dwellers.



Easter Island inhabitants collected freshwater from the ocean's edge
NEW YORK, US, 9 October 2018 (Phys.org) - Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of "freshwater," according to new research from a team of archaeologists.



'Tipping points' could exacerbate climate crisis, scientists fear
LONDON, UK, 9 October 2018 (Guardian) - Key dangers largely left out of the IPCC special report on 1.5C of warming are raising alarm among some scientists who fear we may have underestimated the impacts of humans on the Earth’s climate.



South Atlantic islands under threat from rafts of plastic
LONDON. UK, 8 October 2018 (Independent) - A massive spike in plastic washing up on the shores of remote South Atlantic islands has sparked concerns that it is bringing destructive alien species to the once pristine environments.



PNG landowner push for miner's exit up against the odds
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 8 October 2018 (RNZ) - A Canadian mining company appears to have government support in the face of landowner opposition to its presence in Papua New Guinea's Highlands.



Families on India's shrinking island battle for survival
LONDON, UK, 8 October 2018 (Independent) - People living on the world's largest river island are struggling to survive despite attempts to develop it as a tourist attraction. Majuli, in the Indian state of Assam, has lost around half of its area over the last century because of erosion due to heavy flooding of the Brahmaputra.